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Shekau Resurfaces In New Video, Says “I’m Alive, Safe And Healthy”

The embattled factional leader of jihadist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, has resurfaced in a new video posted online on Sunday. Shekau, in the clip debunked claims by the Nigerian Army that he was dead after he had been seriously wounded. “You have been spreading in the social media that you injured or killed me,” Shekau said.

“Oh tyrants, I’m in a happy state, in good health and in safety.” Shekau, in the 40-minute video released on YouTube and dated September 25, said attacks against the Nigerian state will continue. Days before the Sallah celebration, Boko Haram faction loyal to Shekau recently released a video, wherein it threatened to capture President Muhammadu Buhari.

Responding, the military described the threat as a joke and called on Nigerians and the world to ignore the sect. The Defence Headquarters said the video was “cut and paste”, insisting it was the same posted by Boko Haram in 2014 .

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Otunba Sayo Akintola is a 1992 graduate of Linguistics from the University of Ibadan, Oyo State. He holds a post-graduate diploma in Financial Management and MBA from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi. He started his 12-year sojourn in journalism at the Nigerian Tribune in 1993 as Business and Economy reporter. He rose through the ranks to become the Group Business Editor of the nation’s oldest surviving private national newspaper, the Nigerian Tribune. He set up World Street Journal magazine in 2018.

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